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News guide to Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial

Associated Press Modified: June 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm •  Published: June 22, 2012
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Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, with the jury finding him guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Sandusky, 68, a retired Penn State assistant football coach, showed little emotion as the verdict was read. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months. He faces the possibility of life in prison. The verdict capped two weeks of often graphic testimony from eight accusers.

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Q: WHAT WERE THE CHARGES?

A: Sandusky was charged with 48 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 alleged victims over a 15-year span dating back to the mid-1990s. The charges were nine counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, nine counts of indecent assault, nine counts of unlawful contact with a minor, 10 counts of corruption of minors, 10 counts of endangering a child's welfare and one count of attempted indecent assault.

At the beginning of trial, Sandusky faced 52 counts.

One count of unlawful contact with a minor was dropped mid-trial because the statute didn't apply at the time of the alleged encounter.

The judge threw out three counts after testimony ended: two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count of aggravated indecent assault. The judge said the first two charges did not bear out what testimony revealed and the third was the same as another count.

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Q: NOW THAT SANDUSKY HAS BEEN CONVICTED, WHAT KIND OF PUNISHMENT COULD HE RECEIVE?

A: Had the jury found him guilty of all charges, the maximum possible sentence would have added up to about 500 years. Sandusky's lawyer Joseph Amendola called it a "life sentence." Sandusky went to the Centre County Correctional Facility immediately after the judge revoked his bail and ordered him jailed.

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Q: WHO WERE HIS ACCUSERS? WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

A: The eight known accusers, who now range in age from 18 to 28, met Sandusky through The Second Mile, a charity he founded for helping children from troubled or single-parent families. Their testimony described how Sandusky bought them gifts, took them to football games and had them stay in a spare bedroom in his home for overnight sleepovers. Investigators say they don't know the identities of the two other alleged victims.

The accuser known in court papers as Victim 6 was in the courtroom when the verdicts were read, and broke down in tears. The man, now 25, testified that Sandusky called himself the "tickle monster" in a shower assault. His mother said: "Nobody wins. We've all lost."

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